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

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.

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.