I was trading emails with my friend Timothy in Kenya. He, of course, only emails me now from his Nokia phone. He was telling me that one of the advantages of wireless infrastructure in Kenya is that it can't be destroyed or dismantled for building materials. I wrote this up in this article on RCR Wireless.
I was at my mother's over the weekend enroute to CTIA in Orlando, and I picked up a basket made of wire. There was a note inside proudly stating that it was made of copper telephone wire.