I've got 2 AOL accounts - a UK unlimited one (which hubby uses for work from france) and a French one. I'm really happy and have used them for donkeys years. can connect direct to my own account from all over the place - v handy. Connection speed seems a lot quicker in France than in the UK but you have more choice.
AOL here too - I've got the Gold subscription for £24.99 a month (1mps, up to 20x faster than dialup), the silver seemed too slow to bother with. Never had any connection problems. Really quick to deliver the modem as well, had mine all set up and running within a week of applying for it!
we have ntl broadband 2mb connection for £0.00!! Contacted them to discuss disconnection due to a cheaper provider so they offered it to me for nothing for 12 months
The cheaper option was www.homecall.co.uk - £19.99/month for broadband and unlimited landline phone calls all day everyday (in addition to a £10.50 bt line rental) VERY GOOD DEAL until NTL gave me the freebie!!
They have loads of info about all service providers including ratings for speed, reliability and customer service. They are all scored by the customers and the speed ratings are worked out by using a speed test tool on the website so should be fairly accurate.
I've been with BT for 4 years and have only had one or two problems in all that time. But I'm looking around for a cheaper deal as I'm still paying 4 year old sky high prices!