Technology and telecommunications issues will be on Capitol Hill's radar in the months ahead as lawmakers attempt to influence regulators at the Federal Communications Commission and frame the debate for next year's Congress. Among the issues at the top of the agenda: subsidies for telephone service in underserved areas, "net neutrality," and online privacy.


With a lame-duck Congress and the Senate Commerce Committee still regrouping following the July indictment of its top Republican, Alaska's Ted Stevens, it's unlikely lawmakers will produce much legislation upon returning from summer recess. But Congress doesn't need to pass bills to influence tech and telecom policy,...

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