Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Communications and Technology

Technology is constantly changing the way we interact with each other. With constant technological innovation, it is imperative that legislation continues to support and protect the needs of consumers. I am pleased to be representing Indiana, an emerging tech hub, as a member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where telecommunications, electronic communications, emergency and public safety communications and cybersecurity issues are top legislative priorities. The subcommittee also focuses on issues involving the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to my work on the Committee, I am an advocate for computer science and STEM education. In today’s knowledge-based economy, it is more important than ever to ensure our education system aligns with the demands of the 21st century workforce. I firmly believe that we must both empower and equip local and state administrators to put computer science curriculum and teachers in our schools and to prepare our students to enter the 21st century workforce. I’m proud to be a part of the Innovation Initiative in the House, to serve as co-chair of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, and to be a member of the Makers Caucus and the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Caucus.

To watch a speech I gave at the Innovation Initiative Forum about the importance of preparing students of all ages for the jobs of tomorrow, click here.

To read an op-ed I wrote about the role social media plays in our national security, click here

More on Communications and Technology

Sep 20, 2017 In The News

INDIANA – It’s a life or death problem.

Lately, it’s gotten worse.

That was the message about 911 location accuracy delivered to FCC Chairman Arjit Pai during his visit to the Hamilton County 911 Center Tuesday.

In February, CBS4 uncovered how wireless carriers struggle to accurately pinpoint 911 callers. They’re aiming to meet FCC standards for improvements, but results vary widely from location to location.

Sep 20, 2017 In The News

INDIANA -- Soon, calling and texting won’t be your only ways Hoosiers get information to dispatchers during an emergency.

Knowing people can’t always call, the state 911 board has already made it so that people in Indiana can text to 911 in all 92 counties.

NexGen911 is supposed to let those in need also send pictures, video and even audio clips.

Today, along with representative Susan Brooks, the FCC chairman stopped at Hamilton County’s communications center as part of his nationwide tour to better understand what’s needed to make this happen.

Sep 19, 2017 News Releases

Carmel, IN – Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai toured Hamilton County’s state-of-the-art 911 Communications Center and held a roundtable discussion with local public safety leaders to discuss the path forward for Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. NG911 is a system that allows digital information (e.g., voice, photos, videos, text messages) to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and on to emergency responders.

Sep 19, 2017 In The News

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai visited Noblesville on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion how Indiana has enhanced and could still enhance more methods of communication with its 911 dispatchers.

Pai told the group of Hamilton County emergency responders that he was impressed with the state’s Text 911 program, the first in a state of our size. Text 911 is available in all 92 Indiana counties.

Sep 18, 2017 In The News

Working to pave the way for the development of next generation wireless technology, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks introduced a resolution in support of promoting the deployment of fifth generation mobile networks (5G) to fuel economic growth.

“5G technology unleashes possibilities that we have only imagined up until this point, such as driverless vehicles to create safer commutes to and from work, wireless security devices to secure our homes even when we are not there, and almost instant connectivity with first responders in the time of emergency,” Brooks said.

Sep 14, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI12), introduced H.Res. 521, a resolution in support of facilitating the deployment of fifth generation (5G) mobile networks to communities throughout the country. In our increasingly mobile and interconnected world, 5G technologies will change the way people communicate and work. 5G networks will be able to connect billions of devices, autonomous vehicles, and new Smart Cities, transforming existing industries, growing our economy.  

Sep 12, 2017 In The News

The simple fact of life in 2017 is that the internet — and technologies fueled by it — are inextricably interwoven with our daily lives. It has given us the ability to live, work, learn, and socialize in innovative ways, with the capacity to connect with people in all corners of the world quite literally at our fingertips. We now live in a world where relationships can be formed and fostered without ever meeting face-to-face or even being on the same continent.

Jul 24, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 – Even though People are now streaming emergencies on Facebook, but there is not yet a way to stream videos to 911, said Patrick Halley, executive director of the NG911 Institute, on Capitol Hill on July 17.

The NG911 Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes advanced 911 services. The event was focused on “Internet of things” devices into the emergency calling environment.

Jul 24, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Republican congresswoman Susan W. Brooks told a packed room of small and mid-sized cable operators here that the government should back away from burdensome internet regulation, and called on the crowd to help explain to consumers how the current rules could hurt. 

Jul 5, 2017 In The News

Following the international WannaCry ransomware attack, which has reportedly infected approximately 300,000 computer systems in more than 150 nations, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that aims to combat cyberattacks and cybercrime against U.S. computer networks.

The Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a baseline set of voluntary best practices for cybersecurity to be made available online.