I investigated this about 5-6 years ago when we were waiting for our area to get broadband.
It not be cheap, is the simple answer.
I think it was in the order of about £1000 for the dish and gear etc, and then £60 per month.
The service wasn't that much to write home about either, you have to factor in transit delays etc and it was very asymetric so it was ok for browsing and downloads but useless for publishing stuff.
There used to be Government grants available to part cover the installation cost, certainly for remote places, but it was still too expensive so I decided I'd wait.
There may well be better offerings now though.
It might be cheaper to get another land line installed and see if you can get a device to aggregate both connections to up your connection speed. Can't remember what they are called, some variant of a mux but quite specialised, but they used to exist years ago for combining multiple analog leased lines with modems together to up the rate.
Yeah, i had a quick gander. Seems to be about £500 for the hardware, and depending on usage can be around £50~ a month. Out of the question really, was hoping someone might know of it being cheaper anywhere else, plus using it would put online gaming out of the way as well which would be rubbish for what i want.
I'll look into getting an aggregator, would that mean paying extra for the package though? even though top speeds would still be limited to the same? as you can tell, networking isn't my strongest point.
I used to work for a satellite broadband company, i would really say only get it if you have no other option for broadband.
Where abouts in the country do you live?
I live in Chester, quite a big area surrounded by private/council owned houses. A few of my friends have had problems with their connections too, especially over recent weeks. In the daytime when it's not suffering heavy usage it's not too much of a problem, but it tends to drop off often come the evenings and weekends.
I'll have a look at what i have in house and see if it's any of the wiring or devices that are slowing it down dramatically before doing anything, but i fear it maybe a bigger problem.