Both copper wiring and copper plumbing are already being removed from houses regardless of the Telco's wishes by vandals whenever a house is abandoned and even from occupied homes that are left unattended for any significant length of time. Plumbing and electrical wiring is of course preferred because it's heavier gauge, but when copper becomes valuable enough, copper telephone wiring will be targeted too.
I'm old enough to remember exactly what you're talking about. My first ham transmitter was an old military ARC 5 and I used an old navy receiver that received everything imaginable including ultra-low frequencies below the 160 meter ham band. Ah, the memories!
I once met a fellow with the exact same name and middle initial as me. The only difference was the spelling of our middle names. On a somewhat related note, none of the Chinese people I know have middle names.
I wrote "Deceased" on a junk mail envelope hoping that they would stop sending junk to me, and put the envelope back into my mailbox. A day or two later I stopped getting any mail at all! The post office was returning ALL of my mail because they assumed I was actually dead. Convincing them otherwise cost a lot of time and trouble.
I once wrote a one line C program (ie; a printf statement) of less than 200 characters that replicated the function of a five page ADA program we had been writing in an ADA class I was taking just to PO the instructor.:D
1,700 professional architects and engineers who do design high rise steel framed buildings like the three that supposedly "collapsed" on their own disagree with you. If you would merely take an hour of your time and watch the actual overwhelming amount of evidence that indicates explosives were used instead of being a government zombie and believing everything the government tells however implausible, it would change your entire worldview.