The U.S. Senate has voted to extend a moratorium on state and local taxes for Internet access for seven years.

The tax ban was set to expire on Nov. 1. The House passed a four-year extension earlier this month (see House Extends Internet Tax Ban by Four Years). The original Senate bill had also called for a four-year extension, but many legislators wanted the moratorium to become permanent. A vote on an amendment from Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., calling for a permanent moratorium had been scheduled.

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