Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Hoosier David Broecker of Indiana Biosciences Research Institute Testified Before #SubCommTech

Nov 16, 2017
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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.

David Broecker, founding President and CEO of Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, testified before the subcommittee and shared how 5G has the potential to revolutionize American competitiveness.

“5G means the opportunity for faster emergency response times that can save lives, smart cities, remote surgery, and unleashing the potential of the anticipated 50 billion new internet of things connected devices coming online by 2020,” said Brooks. “Indiana is one of thirteen states that have enacted state legislation to streamline the deployment of small cell networks and Indianapolis is an AT&T test site for 5G evolution build-out.  I am excited for what the future will bring because we have brilliant leaders like David who are working to save and improve lives through medical innovation.”

To watch Brooks’ ask questions during today’s hearing, click here


November 16, 2017

#SubCommTech Examines 5G and the Future of 
Mobile Broadband

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), held a hearing today on the potential economic, technological, and societal impacts of fifth generation (5G) mobile broadband. 

In her statement submitted for the record, Chairman Blackburn highlighted the promise of the 5G revolution, “The potential benefits include: enhanced mobile broadband that can provide speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than what exists today; ultra-low latency communications that are necessary for mission-critical applications like autonomous vehicles and remote surgery; and the massive machine-to-machine communications that constitute the “Internet of Things.” According to Cisco, there will be nearly 50 billion IoT devices connected by the year 2020. Taken together, the applications of 5G promise to revolutionize manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, city management, power generation and distribution, as well as law enforcement and emergency response. “

Full Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) discussed overcoming obstacles to unleashing the necessary spectrum for 5G, “None of applications enabled by 5G technology will be possible without adequate spectrum, and all the rhetoric around the race to 5G will be for nothing if we do not update the Communications Act to allow the Federal Communications Commission to deposit upfront payments from prospective spectrum auction bidders directly with the Treasury. Current law prevents the Commission from doing so. I want to applaud the Chairman of this Subcommittee for including provisions in the FCC Reauthorization bill to allow the Commission to do so.”

Responding to Chairman Blackburn’s question about 5G’s potential impact on manufacturing, David Broecker, CEO of Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, commented, “If we don’t do this, manufacturing will go elsewhere. It will continue to go outside the United States because it is a global opportunity for companies to go other places, to set up new manufacturing and manufacturing of the future. I think 5G enables us to become even more competitive than we have. When you look at the future of the innovation that’s possible, we can capture that, making it here in the great states that all of you represent.” 

For more information on today’s hearing, including a background memo, witness testimony, and archived webcast, click here.

To read the complete Energy and Commerce press release, click here.