Good news, for web surfers and all the ships at sea:
The U.S. Senate has given its stamp of approval to a seven-year extension of the moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access.
The Senate bill was unanimously approved in a voice vote last night. A separate measure calling for a four-year moratorium was approved earlier this month by the House of Representatives.
The House and Senate still must reconcile the differences in conference and approve a unified bill before it can be sent to the president and signed into law. Without the extension, the Internet tax ban would expire Nov. 1.