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Google’s Search Service Is Not a Phone or Rail Company as Ohio AG Yost Contends in Lawsuit

Ohio has made the news, but not for the success of Ohio State football or the induction of a new musical act into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This time, it’s because of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s quixotic effort to have Google’s search engine declared a common carrier.

Traditionally, a common carrier is a business that opens itself indiscriminately to public use. It is on this basis that Ohio, other states, and the federal government all have imposed nondiscrimination requirements on entities like railroads and telephone companies.

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