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public utility

an undertaking which provides a certain basic good or service such as gas, electricity or telecommunications. In some countries public utilities are mainly owned by the State, while in others they are privately owned but subject to regulation by the government. See RATE OF RETURN REGULATION, NATIONALIZATION VERSUS PRIVATIZATION.
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Suburban officials are making a last-ditch effort to stop a proposal that would give wireless companies the ability to install small cell antennas on publicly owned utility poles, streetlights and rights of way.
The move is part of a plan to expand the publicly owned utility and keep household water bills down.
The unanimous vote came at the recommendation of the city's Energy Advisory Committee, which urged the council members to reserve the city's legal right to form a publicly owned utility separate from the state's power grid and Southern California Edison.
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The utility's customers are fortunate to be served by a publicly owned utility.
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28 on the resolution, which reserves the city's legal right to form a publicly owned utility separate from the state's power grid and Southern California Edison.