Verizon had a couple options here.
A) Repair the severed, sagging phone line and return it to it's previous height. br> br> B) Repair line and tie-strap it to rusty old fence.
They went with option B...
Power outage? Grab a length of steel automotive brakeline tubing, the straw from a box of Yoo-Hoo, D-cell batteries to make a 6V. Also may require generous amounts of duct tape, electrical tape, bell wire, and boredom.