What kind of pain will it work on?
I have found it works really well on mental anguish inflicted by pointy haired bosses and ass hat-wearing peers
A computer will be able to do YOUR job some day too.
If a robot show up that can climb a 1500 ft. tower and install a microwave dish, I'll be happy to let it do it. But somehow I kinda doubt it...
The typical ruralite will just laugh at the idea
Which is precisely why I made the distinction about large urban centers in my O.P.
What about the other guy who spent $19k and didn't win shit?
Put the pipe down, AC. It wasn't $18,000 worth of lottery tickets, the winner was chosen based on performance (amount of referrals).. $18,000 was the cost of implementing his strategy. Which happened to be the best one. If someone else spent $19,000 on a less successful strategy, well that's the way the cookie crumbles.
You can call the boosted post-acquisition Jet.com stock value a windfall, but I find no reasonable way of calling it an "accident".
For the next guy at that location?
There is no scenario in which I would remove the shielding. The next guy can install microcells and a fiber backhaul, if need be. The shielding will now be resisting external interference. It will be cheaper than tearing out the shielding, and cell service will be better than that of those establishments who rely on the tower.