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David Palmer


Coming Soon To a Computer Near You




To say that the 111th Congress has been historic would be a huge understatement. To date, it has approved massive spending packages and nearly doubled the federal deficit. Congress also passed a form of government-run health care that is unique in our nationís 234 year history. What's next you may ask? If Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts gets his way, doing commerce on line tax free will soon be coming to an abrupt end.

The Massachusetts Democrat introduced a bill that would re-write the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the option many Americans currently enjoy: shopping on the Internet without paying state sales taxes.

You may not shop on line often but like most proposed legislation there are many details that are "not discussed." For example, this morning I thought of a song from back in the day, a hit by Bruce Springsteen from 1984, "Born in the USA." So I purchased it from iTunes. Then the thought hit me, if the above legislation is approved, every time someone buys a song from iTunes, a tax will be imposed.

Taking this proposed legislation a step further makes me wonder, how will Internet advertising sales be affected? I work with hundreds of radio stations that stream on the Internet. Most are looking for ways to monetize their stream and to do so they sell banner ads on their player boxes and websites. Will that advertising revenue be iTaxed?

However, a new proposal in the US Congress is designed to curb many of these taxes, which have popped up all over the country in the last three years. Currently, some 23 states and the District of Columbia levy sales taxes in one form or another on e-books, music, apps, ringtones, and other digital downloads. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), is part of a broader effort by technology firms and telecommunications providers to push back against what they view as tax agencies that are unreasonably singling out electronic purchases with unfair, expensive, and confusing rules.

Apple, AT&T, Electronic Arts, Cox Communications, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Time Warner Cable are among the companies that have endorsed the legislation, saying that "fast-paced technological and commercial changes are making it increasingly difficult, and in some cases nearly impossible" to comply with "confusing and conflicting" state and federal tax laws.

How will the government define "digital assets" or "iProperty" The debate will continue for some time but if we don't keep an eye on the officials we elect, that email you just sent will require an "iStamp."

David Palmer is co-founder of With 20 years of internet experience, David has assisted ministries in taking their message global with the ever evolving world of technology. With over 500 Christian radio stations as clients, ChristianNetcast has be come a leader in streaming technologies. His goal is to see Christian broadcasters use every tool available, so that ministries can have an impact beyond their four walls and zip codes. As technologies have evolved, David has held the hand of many ministries as they have watched their church grow to include virtual congregations. His diverse experience as a Navy Veteran, ordained Minister and coach have made him a fun and informative speaker at Universities, high schools and Conventions. David has been featured on Fox News, 700 Club and TBN .


ChristianNetcast is the parent company of, CNC Technologies, MainstreamNetwork and NWR Network. was birthed in 1999, in what many would consider the most unlikely place to establish an internet company. While many internet startups were based in the Silicon Valley, was started in what used to be the lumber capital of the world, Bangor Maine. Todd VanTasel and David Palmer, founders of were attending a local church and saw the need to have the churches services broadcasted on the internet. When other ministries learned how the church was using this new streaming technology, they soon wanted to use the same type of tools for their church. The word about quickly spread and the company began to receive international recognition and was featured on television and radio programs such as Fox News, CBN, 700 Club and TBN. In 2006 the company moved its headquarters to Virginia Beach VA. currently serves over 500 ministries worldwide.