Electricity, Gas, Google?: Why Google Is Not A Utility

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT) -- Every month, most of us receive a bill for the public utilities that serve our home — the water company, the electric utility and the gas company. These companies provide vital services, and we tend not to think about these utilities too much until something goes wrong.

And while social networks and search engines also serve a useful service, few people would mistake them for public utilities. Unfortunately, some of Google Inc.’s rivals are currently arguing that governments in the U.S. and Europe should regulate Google...
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