Christopher Weber, Associated Press Published 5:21 p.m. ET April 25, 2019 | Updated 5:24 p.m. ET April 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Young people in California’s foster system will get free cellphones and internet access under a program approved Thursday that supporters say will bridge a digital divide.

The California Public Utilities Commission passed the $22 million pilot program that will provide smartphones to more than 30,000 current and former foster youth between ages 13 and 26. The phones come with an unlimited calling plan, wireless service and mobile hotspot.

The program, supported by the cell carrier Boost Mobile and the California-based national nonprofit iFoster, is expected to launch within about eight weeks. It’s an extension of LifeLine, a program run by the utilities commission

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