|Who the hell uses AOL anymore? And why are you still running IE7?|
I don't know which Verizon DSL version you have, but I have 3.0 Mbps & it flies, plus it's only $20/month. Maybe your computer is a piece of crap, or it's loaded up with spyware or other garbage programs that bog it down (very likely if you use AOL).
It would help if you'd list your system specs - at least the make/model/speed of your CPU, amount of RAM, make/model of video card & the size of your hard drive.