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

Oct 15, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that Indiana Legal Services will receive a $25,000 Technology Initiative Grant to enhance online resources for individuals seeking civil legal assistance. Established in 2000, LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program supports legal aid organizations in developing and replicating technologies that improve efficiency and provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance. 

Sep 5, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have been under the microscope of lawmakers on Capitol Hill these last few months.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was questioned by members of committees from both the House and Senate Wednesday. The resounding topic of many questions from those on the House Energy and Commerce Committee was political bias within Twitter, either intention or unintentional.

Sep 4, 2018 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS—Commissioner Brendan Carr announced the FCC’s next 5G order on the Senate floor of the Indiana Statehouse this morning.  Joined by Indiana elected leaders, including one of the authors of the state’s small cell bill, U.S. Sen. Todd Young, and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, Carr unveiled a proposal to cut costs and streamline approval periods for small cells—the physical building blocks of 5G.

Jul 20, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC As the co-founders and co-chairs of the Congressional 5G Caucus, Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) hosted the 5G Technology Showcase where several groups including Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Aira, CTIA, Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Eli Lilly, Intel, OneWeb, Traxyl, InterDigital, Promena VR, and Harman displayed how the next generation of wireless is and will continue to revolutionize our country.

May 10, 2018 In The News

Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have introduced H.R. 5700, the National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, a bipartisan bill which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to facilitate the creation of a unified wireless number for critical non-emergency situations on our nation’s highways.

May 10, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) has proposed a bipartisan bill that would establish one nationwide number mobile users could call with serious safety assistance requests that didn’t require crisis responses.

The National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, H.R. 5700, which Rep. Brooks introduced on May 8 with U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would direct the Federal Communications Commission to designate a national dialing short code for mobile voice users to reach public safety personnel in critical, but non-emergency circumstances, according to a congressional record summary.

May 8, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced H.R. 5700, the National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, a bipartisan bill which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to facilitate the creation of a unified wireless number for critical non-emergency situations on our nation’s highways.

Apr 15, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable” and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

Apr 11, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) questioned Facebook, Inc.’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing examining the company’s privacy policies and use of consumer data.

Apr 11, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.--While some U.S. House members questioned Facebook about privacy issues, with many not understanding how the social media site, which has been around for more than 12 years, works, Indiana's Rep. Susan Brooks (R), asked about how Facebook is stopping terrorists from using it as a recruitment tool.

Facebook's role in cutting out terrorist propaganda

Brooks was allowed four minutes for a Q&A during the House testimony from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, Wednesday afternoon.