The bottom line is that government has to keep pace with changing technologies or the people they serve are left behind. That’s true at every level of government — federal, state and local.
As technologies evolved from my childhood forward, government at every level usually found a way to keep pace with technological change. Telephone service carried with it built-in taxes and fees. The same was true with cable TV — every town in Mississippi that had cable TV service had a franchise agreement with a private provider who paid government for the privilege.
The latest such evolution at the intersection of technological development and how our governments interact with that development is being seen in California, Pennsylvania and other venues over the issue of taxing audio and video streaming services like Netflix or Hulu.