Still have wire landline. DW went to visit her Sis, three hours away. She always calls to let me know of arrival.
When after an hour past expected call no message, picked up phone to call and...... dead silence. Not even a faint hum, of course no dialtone.
So being the techie, grab my trusty old "butt set". That would be a telco type phone used to clamp on a line or to "butt in". Head out to the demark, (the box on the outside) to drop the house off line, and check for dial tone. Deader than a doorknob. No voltage on the line, no dialtone.
While I do heve prepaid cell phone, I do not have coverage at the house, nearest signal is about a mile away.
Get a bright idea, by now Verizon should a have an online truble reporting system. Since my internet is via cable/TV coax, I find Verizon's web site, sure enough, they have a trouble reporting page. Space for type of complaint, and plug in my home number.
It is a bit slow, but after a minute or so I get my answer for the dead line:
The number you are reporting is part of an outage.
The estimated restoration time for this outage is7/14/2008 9:00 PM.
If your trouble is other than No Dial Tone, please contact us
Contact Verizon via e-mail
Ain't this a great country, or what?
Good thing I don't have DSL.
As yet I'm not sure if they will deduct the "no service" time from our bill.