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

Feb 15, 2018 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a bipartisan science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) proposal that included a measure coauthored by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) aiming to get girls interested in computer science activities.

The Code Like a Girl Act, H.R. 3316, a bipartisan bill Stefanik introduced on July 19, 2017 with U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), had been incorporated into the larger Building Blocks of STEM Act, H.R. 3397, which the House passed on Feb. 13.

Feb 9, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) on Feb. 6 introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, H.R. 4953, a measure to broaden 5G wireless connectivity for more Americans.

“The bipartisan AIRWAVES Act is the kind of bill that will make a difference in the lives of internet users,” said Rep. Lance, vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee. “By opening up more federal spectrum for commercial usage we are helping lay the groundwork for 5G.”

Jan 24, 2018 In The News

Efforts to expand rural broadband service continue apace with a third round of bills introduced by members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

The “bills bring us yet another step closer to bridging the digital divide for rural communities,” said Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in announcing the new proposals on Jan. 19.

Jan 23, 2018 In The News

Efforts to expand rural broadband service continue apace with a third round of bills introduced by members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

The “bills bring us yet another step closer to bridging the digital divide for rural communities,” said Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in announcing the new proposals on Jan. 19.

Jan 22, 2018 In The News

Newly proposed legislation would direct federal officials to study the role of unlicensed spectrum in managing broadband internet traffic and report to Congress within 18 months.

The study, conducted by the comptroller general, would also evaluate the potential to broadly deploy gigabit WiFi service in bands below 6 GHz to "at a scale that allows for rapid expanded use of new consumer devices."

Jan 19, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Doris Matsui (D-CA06), both members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced H.R. 4847, the Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act, which aims to speed up the deployment of broadband infrastructure by reforming and improving the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands and property. It makes reforms focused on expediting the process by which the federal government reviews applications.

Dec 14, 2017 In The News

Health IT Now — a coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers — presented select members of Congress Tuesday with Health IT Pioneer awards, the organization's highest honor.

The Health IT Pioneer awards recognize legislators who push for technology-focused solutions in healthcare. 

Here are 14 lawmakers who received the award.

Dec 14, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks visited Zionsville Community High School Dec. 4 to award junior Will Schrepferman a certificate marking his first-place finish in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the 5th Congressional District of Indiana.

Schrepferman created ZCHS Clubs, an application to help students sort information about each high school club to find which one is right for them.

Dec 6, 2017 In The News

Will Schrepferman, a Zionsville Community High School junior, recently won the Congressional App Challenge with a mobile application he created that helps connects high school students to school organizations and activities.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for districts across the nation intended to promote student engagement in computer science and coding. Students of any age in the 5th District could create an app on a platform of their choice.

Nov 16, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) participated in an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing where members discussed the potential economic, technological, and societal impacts of fifth generation (5G) mobile broadband.