said by UHF:
Also, speed isn't super critical. 500kbps would be fantastic. And if it goes out sometimes due to rain fade or bird poop, so be it. It's not a critical link, just something to kill the boredom and monotony when I have to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.
WISP's are usually hesitant even if that is what you tell them. Reason being is that many people will beg for service, claiming that they just want something better than dialup and it doesn't matter if it is slow or cuts out, but then once they get used to it working, they can be big pains in the a$$ every time it glitches and seem to forget what they said 6 months ago when it was installed. Also, having a customer with low signal on the tower will reduce the capacity of the entire tower, which is probably the main reason for the distance limit. He's probably just learned that is around the distance limit that has worked well for him.
It's a tough situation. I have some potential customers that I have turned away. There is a possibility they would have perfect signal and never have any problems, but then again I have been burned by it enough times before that I just don't have enough time in a day to be constantly troubleshooting those connections. I find that about 5% of my customers take up 80% of my time.