Depends on the age of the infrastructure, and where it is. Certain telecoms providers [british telecom] often feel rural broadband and phones is not important and so leave places with iffy phone services. You know its crap as the whole village says there phones and broadband are unreliable. I know this as we have printed airline e-tickets for people flying.
The electricity distribution underground network cables in our street are beginning to expire and it takes a good day for a replacement to be dug out and replaced. The contents of the freezer become a concern in the summer months.