Hey everyone... Not sure if this is the right section, but here goes.. In studying the telephone network, I've been wondering.. I know that connected to the land line telephone in your house, is a twisted pair cable that leads from your house, meets up with a few lines from the neighboring houses and then into a big wide shielded pipe filled with every one else's telephone cables. This large pipe is usually underground, and leads to the central switching office for your town. My question is, what happens if the direct line from your house to the central office breaks somewhere in the thick bundle of telephone piping. How could the telephone company even find the broken wires amongst thousands of others? And how can they give you a new one? they just can't open up the pipe that probably goes for a few miles, and slip a new wire in. Also anyone think it's illegal to go into the manholes marked BELL TELEPHONE? I've always wanted to see whats down there!!