Legal monopoly(redirected from Statutory monopoly)
A government-regulated firm that is legally entitled to be the only company offering a particular service in a particular area.
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A monopoly constituted as such by the state. Legal monopolies are often heavily regulated and may have their rates and charges set by the government, at least within certain limits. The government may run the monopoly directly or contract it out to private companies; it also usually prohibits competition. A government may set up a legal monopoly if it deems it necessary for the citizenry to have a service that the monopoly provides at a reasonable rate. For example, the postal service may be considered a legal monopoly because, even though it has competition for some of its services, it remains the only organization that can legally deliver regular mail. This is because it is considered vital for the mail to run in a timely manner at affordable prices.
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