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

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.

Oct 31, 2017 In The News

Homeland security and citizens’ safety is the top role of the federal government, says U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), an advocate for providing individuals and agencies with whatever tools are needed to successfully do their jobs.

Currently serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and as a member of the Communications and Technology, the Health and the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees, some of the issues Brooks is working on include efforts to strengthen the nation’s biodefense position.

Oct 24, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) hosted the inaugural 5G Caucus briefing with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA, and Brad Gillen, Executive Vice President of CTIA, shared a presentation with members of Congress and Congressional staffers explaining how the next generation of wireless connectivity will impact our lives.

Oct 24, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) hosted the inaugural 5G Caucus briefing with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA, and Brad Gillen, Executive Vice President of CTIA, shared a presentation with members of Congress and Congressional staffers explaining how the next generation of wireless connectivity will impact our lives.

Oct 13, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Governor Holcomb announced that Indiana will join 24 other states in opting-in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) offered the following statement after the announcement of this decision:

Oct 5, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, during National Health IT Week, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Dave Trott (R-MI11) introduced the Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act, which creates a public-private stakeholder partnership to lay out a cybersecurity framework to protect protects Americans’ sensitive healthcare information from cyber-attacks.

Oct 4, 2017 In The News

September 2017 will long be remembered for devastating storms. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria each caused billions of dollars in damage, claimed the lives of many Americans, and disrupted millions more. They also reminded us how important communications networks can be during emergencies—and that the FCC has a role to play in helping keep people safe.

Sep 25, 2017 In The News

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all. It's a great pleasure to be here with Secretary DeVos, Secretary Acosta, and Ivanka. I also want to express my appreciation to Representatives Bradley Byrne, Susan Brooks, Lamar Smith, and Virginia Foxx. Thank you all for being here. Thank you. Thank you very much for being with us. And Mimi Walters, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you, Susan.

Sep 21, 2017 In The News

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – Those in need of emergency assistance in Indiana can already send text messages to dispatchers for help, but soon they may be able to send photos and videos too.

State and federal officials have begun considering technology that could provide dispatchers more information.

"Let's say we get a photo in of an auto accident and it shows the position of the vehicle and how many vehicles are involved. That'll be helpful,” said Michael Snowden of Hamilton County Public Safety Communications.

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.