Oh! And when I was a kid, my Grandmother still had a party line. Most today don’t even know what that means. No, they were NOT having a party - it meant a whole bunch of people shared the same line. If you wanted to make a call, you had to pick up the receiver (handset) and see if anyone was already talking on it. The really bad thing was that anyone on your party line could eavesdrop on your call without you knowing it and there was no way to prevent it. So you could never say anything you didn’t want repeated to the entire town.
Some might remember an early version on Little House on the Prairie where Mrs. Olson would listen in for all the gossip. Well, what I’m talking about was rural Louisiana in the mid 1960’s.
**We have a “landline” but it’s thru cable and we don’t even have a phone plugged into it. If to he power went out, it would only work a short time, then it would also be down and useless. If you are going to have a landline it needs to be a POTS line. Plain Old Telephone Service = POTS. OLD AT&T, Bell, etc.