Web users throughout much of the U.S. will be free of taxes on Internet access for at least seven more years, under compromise legislation that was adopted within the past week by both houses of Congress and signed by President Bush on Wednesday. Although the House had passed a measure last week calling for an additional four-year extension of the tax ban, the Senate—until days ago—had been deadlocked on whether to extend the ban temporarily or to make the current moratorium permanent. In a breakthrough late last Thursday, the Senate agreed on an amended version of the House bill that would extend the current moratorium (with grandfather provisions exempting several states that had Internet tax laws on their books prior to 1998) by seven years. As part of that bill, Senate lawmakers also revised the definition of “Internet access” to cover e-mail, instant messaging, video clips, homepage and personal electronic storage capacity that are purchased independently of a customer’s Internet service provider. On Tuesday, the House approved the Senate measure by a unanimous vote, thus setting up the bill for President Bush’s signature. Players throughout the telecom industry heaped praise on the seven-year moratorium, which Verizon Communications proclaimed would “ensure continued investment and growth in the broadband marketplace.” While Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) applauded the bill as “bipartisan legislation at its best,” Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to continue the quest toward a permanent tax ban, declaring: “the job is not finished.”