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

Apr 4, 2019 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Paul Tonko (D-NY20) announced the introduction of H.R. 1328, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand broadband access in underserved areas and create a simpler process for small businesses and local economic developers to access federal broadband resources.

Apr 4, 2019 In The News

Washington, D.C. — Indiana members of Congress have taken the lead in introducing legislation that will prevent government management of the construction of a 5-G mobile communications network and instead rely on the expertise of the private sector.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, have teamed up with Democratic sponsors of the legislation in the U.S. House.

Apr 3, 2019 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoosier Representatives Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) and Jim Banks (R-IN03) joined Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Filemon Vela (D-TX) to introduce a bipartisan bill, the E-FRONTIER Act. This bill would prevent the federal government from managing the construction of a nationwide 5G network and would instead rely on the expertise of the private sector to lead mobile broadband expansion within the United States.

Feb 11, 2019 In The News

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) recently announced that Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-15) will join Tom Graves (GA-14), Rob Woodall (GA-07), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and William Timmons (SC-04) to serve on the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Feb 6, 2019 In The News

Members of CompTIA Public Sector and Advocacy (PSA) gathered to share their latest technologies with members of Congress and Hill Staffers at Tech Demo Day on Capitol Hill.

It was a great opportunity for our members to not only demonstrate how these technologies work, but how technology can solve some of the most crucial problems facing the nation today – including providing access to rural broadband through 5G and improving the delivery of government services through IBM Watson.

Jan 23, 2019 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) was selected to continue her involvement in three Energy and Commerce subcommittees: Subcommittee on Health, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Brooks provided the following statement:

Dec 20, 2018 In The News

Agencies at various levels of government must provide the proper environment for the telecom industry to invest in technology such as 5G, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "Boundless."

Dec 11, 2018 In The News

A group of three Carmel High School seniors have won this year’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the development and implementation of their digital hall pass app, “PassMaster.” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.-05) visited Carmel High School Monday morning to announce the winners.

Oct 23, 2018 In The News

Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks says in a world where your refrigerator and toaster can take instructions over the Internet, there are more avenues for hackers to wreak havoc. And she warns the so-called "Internet of Things" includes implanted medical devices. She says it's critical for comapnies and government to identify and plug security gaps.

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.