The US Congress is being urged by an IT thinktank to allocate $30bn to IT infrastructure this year to create or retain nearly 1 million jobs.
President-elect Barack Obama has already said he sees high-tech industries as the key to bringing the US out of recession, and he has proposed a general $775bn economic stimulus plan.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is now urging Obama to allocate $30bn of this to IT.
The Foundation's report, "The Digital Road to Recovery: A Stimulus Plan to Create Jobs, Boost Productivity and Revitalise America", says that pumping $30bn into America's IT infrastructure this year would create 949,000 jobs.
Key areas for investment would be broadband networks, health IT and smart power grids.