Networks, Platforms, and Utilities: Law and Policy

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This book studies the law of networks, platforms, and utilities (NPUs). For many years, this field was known as 'regulated industries.' Before that, it was called 'the law of public utilities,' 'the law of public service corporations,' and 'the law of common carriers.' For generations, its centrality in American life was widely recognized--from union halls to board rooms to state houses and universities. According to Felix Frankfurter, who taught public utilities at Harvard Law School for nineteen years and served on the Supreme Court for twenty-three, 'no task more profoundly tests the capacity of our government... than... securing for society those essential services [including 'light, heat, power, water, transportation, and communication'] which are furnished by public utilities.

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