Searching For A Viable and Affordable Alternative To DSL

Here's my situation: I ditched Comcast to save some cash. (thankfully, I didn't have the same experience as Ryan Block.) I found that DirecTV's service is much more affordable and offers much more than Comcast. However, an unfortunate trade off: fast Internet. Besides using some satellite company that caps my usage, the only provider in my area is Verizon. What's further unfortunate: FiOS has not hit my area yet so I am stuck with slow ass DSL. My question to any and everyone: Is there a viable and affordable alternative to DSL? Is there a device that I can buy to boost my DSL service? This may sound like a remedial question to some but I am working on a consumer level knowledge so be patience. Thank you in advance.