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The Switchboard: What the midterm elections will hold for tech policy

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

What happens to tech policy if Republicans take the Senate? Election Day has us looking back at my colleague Nancy Scola's reporting on what a Republican-controlled senate will mean for tech policy. "It may well be a lively 114th Congress … Odds are that more tech bills would land on Obama's desk."

Verizon and AT&T aim to support HD Voice calls between networks in 2015. "Most people still don't know the joy of placing an HD Voice call from their smartphone, but Verizon and AT&T say they're working together to change that," the Verge reports. "HD Voice routes calls over each carrier's 4G LTE technology to achieve clearer, better conversations."

Sprint’s tough quarter highlights lost promise of T-Mobile deal. "Even before Sprint ended its long pursuit of T-Mobile US, analysts and investors had come to believe that the embattled wireless carrier needed a huge shot in the arm — like that attempted merger — to reverse its fortunes," the New York Times writes. "Sprint’s weaker-than-expected financial results on Monday highlight just how much work the company will have to do."

Top appeals court to hear why NSA metadata spying should stay or go. Ars Technica reports: "On Tuesday, three judges at one of the nation’s most powerful appellate courts will hear oral arguments in the only legal challenge to result in a judicial order against the National Security Agency’s (NSA) vast telephone metadata collection program."

Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues. According to Computerworld: "Apple has hired the company that represented it in its battle against Samsung Electronics to represent it in Washington, D.C., and lobby the government on a range of competition and intellectual property issues."