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District heatingEdit

District heating is common in northern Europe (and also in other continents, including North America). While in the richer countries, heat supply is a competitive market, in many central and eastern European countries, including countries of the former Soviet Union, it is most often the only practicable source of heat for apartment-dwellers and is considered a public utility and regulated as such. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.202.172.194 (talk) 13:08, 23 June 2005‎

first sentenceEdit

I think we should either remove the phrase 'in British English' or make it 'in British and American English', since the same usage is common in America. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Callowschoolboy (talkcontribs) 15:33, 21 June 2007

Poorly chosen linkEdit

"Publicly owned" here links to public company, but that is an article on companies with publicly traded stock, not on municipally or cooperatively owned companies. - Jmabel | Talk 16:13, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

The current article on "Utilities" links to "Travaux Publics" in French which means "Public Works". It should link to "Services Publics" instead. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.242.101.79 (talk) 18:00, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Internet service as a utility?Edit

What is the state of evolving law wrt internet service as a public utility? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.67.80.68 (talk) 14:02, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Look at the first sourceEdit

The first source is an organization that is of dubious credibility when it comes to rationalizing privatization of utilities. The three organizations behind this source are PPIAF, PURC, The World Bank. At least two out of these three organizations can be questioned and may be perceived to have a vested interest.

The citation should be qualified that this is not a definitive argument, and that in many countries state owned utilities are as or more efficient than private utilities. Think about private water in South America... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.223.186.70 (talk) 23:55, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

WirelessEdit

This article doesn't mention wireless services. It seems that wireless services should be considered public utilities. Otherwise you create the situation where landline phone is a utility and mobile phones are not, or cable TV is a utility but satellite/broadcast TV are not. 97.113.68.147 (talk) 07:04, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Why The California Public Utilities Commission section?Edit

Why does this particular state commission get its own subsection? Shouldn't it be removed, or supplemented by all the other state commissions (unlikely), or have its inclusion be explained? dweinberger 11:16, 12 June 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dweinberger (talkcontribs)

Why The California Public Utilities Commission section?Edit

Why does this particular state commission get its own subsection? Shouldn't it be removed, or supplemented by all the other state commissions (unlikely), or have its inclusion be explained? dweinberger 11:18, 12 June 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dweinberger (talkcontribs)

Why only one economic perspective of Public Utility?Edit

Murray Rothbard is described as a "leading theoretician of anarcho-capitalism" on his wikipedia page.

A quote from the perspective of this specific economic theory characterizes the information too narrowly for the opening section of this article.

The quote would only be appropriate in a section that details the perspective of multiple economic theorists. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.57.163.62 (talk) 14:01, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

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