Residents in a Lincolnshire village, who have been without landline connections for a week, have been told by BT they will have to wait another few days before services return.
Phones and internet connections in Eagle, west of Lincoln, have been affected by stolen underground cable.
Natasha Woods who owns the village store and Post Office says many people and business owners have been angry and frustrated by the situation.
A gang of eight men have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison for stealing metal cables from the West Midlands rail network.
The men, who are all Romanian nationals but were living in Birmingham, were filmed targeting rural stretches of line in Evesham in Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire.
They stole 6000 metres of cable which cost half a million pounds to replace. They all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal at Birmingham Crown Court.