US state sues to have Google declared a public utility

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San Francisco (AFP) – The state of Ohio on Tuesday filed an unprecedented lawsuit calling on a local court to declare Google as much a public utility as an electric company. Google should be designated a public utility subject to government regulation regarding its search engine and other services, Ohio attorney general Dave Yost contended in the legal filing. Public utilities typically supply essential goods or services, such as water or power, and tend to have naturally monopolistic characteristics. “When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone¬†tower, you have to treat …

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