Telecommunications facility

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In telecommunications, a facility is defined by Federal Standard 1037C as:

  1. A fixed, mobile, or transportable structure, including (a) all installed electrical and electronic wiring, cabling, and equipment and (b) all supporting structures, such as utility, ground network, and electrical supporting structures.
  2. A network-provided service to users or the network operating administration.
  3. A transmission pathway and associated equipment.
  4. In a protocol applicable to a data unit, such as a block or frame, an additional item of information or a constraint encoded within the protocol to provide the required control.
  5. A real property entity consisting of one or more of the following: a building, a structure, a utility system, pavement, and underlying land.[1][2]

In Canada[edit]

Under Canadian federal and Québécois provincial law, a telecommunications facility, for the purposes of determining whether GST applies, is defined by §123(1) of the GST Act to be "any facility, apparatus, or other thing (including any wire, cable, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic system, or any similar technical system or any part thereof) that is used or is capable of being used for telecommunications". This is a very broad definition that includes a wide range of things from satellites and earth stations, to telephones and fax machines. The consequence of its application is that even a simple LAN connector jack can be considered to be a telecommunications facility in Canada, for tax purposes.[3][4][5]


  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document "Federal Standard 1037C" (in support of MIL-STD-188).
  2. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of Defense document "Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms".
  3. ^ Steven K. D'Arcy (2005). "Determining Taxation in Canada: The Place of Supply Rules". Non-residents, Cross-border Transactions, and the GST. CCH Canadian Ltd. p. 35. ISBN 1-55367-517-7.
  4. ^ Rod Butcher, Robert Brakel, & Associates (2003). Value-added Taxation in Canada. CCH Canadian Limited. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-1-55367-214-2.
  5. ^ Brent Jay (2006). "Place of Supply". GST and E-commerce. CCH Canadian Ltd. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-55367-675-1.