Maintaining telephone service with a land line can be a challenge here. These are a few examples of why this is true! What a mess. These are telephone and television and internet cable lines, all attached to electrical poles. I'd hate to be the one getting the call, 'Yes, my phone is out. Can you send someone out to check the line?'
Cell phones work much better and have revolutionized communication, especially in remote areas of the country. Sometimes I wonder why we still have a land line. However, a few weeks back when students started staging violent protests, the government shut down all wireless phone networks for two days in an effort to thwart their plots. We were glad to have a land line then, no matter how poor the connection!