The term “staples” is a familiar one to anyone who’s ever faxed a letter or e-mail.
But is it really a “fax” at all?
A definition by the Center for Federal Communications (CFC) for the fax was published in January 2011.
It says that a fax is a communication between two parties, not a direct delivery of a message.
That’s because a fax does not send a message, only a “file transfer” from one party to the other.
The CFC’s definition also says that “faxes do not include telephones, satellite phones, or other electronic devices that send messages, e-mails, or data.
They do not involve any type of electronic device or equipment, including electronic mail servers, network access equipment, or personal computer or computer network equipment.”
So, a fax would be an e-commerce transaction, a business transaction, or a service contract between two companies, and not a telephony transaction.
The fax service is widely considered to be the backbone of American commerce, with most of the nation’s businesses relying on the fax for their business communications.
But many people aren’t sure if the term “fax,” when used in the law, actually refers to the physical physical devices used to make a fax.
They’re also unsure how a fax might affect how businesses communicate, especially since it’s not necessarily the actual physical devices that make the fax.
For example, is a fax machine actually “faxing” a customer?
The CFC defines “faking” as using a fake fax machine, or sending an e‑mail using a fax that’s not the real one.
“The Fax Act does not define the word ‘fax,’ so this definition should be interpreted as broadly as possible,” a spokesperson for the CFC wrote in an email.
The definition also states that “fakes” and “fraudulently impersonates” are the two primary forms of fraud in the industry.
The Huffington Post reached out to representatives for Staples, FedEx, and American Express to ask them to comment on the definition and its impact on business and customer communication.
We reached out through our business, consumer, and media representatives, and they did not return our messages.
Staples did not respond to a request for comment.
FedEx also didn’t respond to our request for clarification.
We asked the Office of the Federal Register for clarification, but we did not receive a response.
The Federal Trade Commission did not provide any comment.
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is an advocacy group that focuses on the issue of consumer privacy and digital rights.