ISE Podcast, PLP, ADDS

As we all know, there are a ton of buzzwords and hot topics being thrown around the industry these days; 5G, IoT, Future Proofing, etc. However, there’s one topic that seems to be on everyone’s minds but, for some reason, doesn’t get quite as much attention: ADSS (All-Dielectric Self-Supporting).

So today, we’re going to dive into all things ADSS: what makes it unique, why it’s a hot topic, and most of all, why you should care. And who better to accompany us on this exploration than one of the foremost authorities on ADSS, PLP (Preformed Line Products).

Topics of discussion:

  • What exactly is ADSS, what makes it unique, and how does it differ from lashed messenger?
  • What are some of the use cases for ADSS?
  • How does ADSS impact the make-ready process? Do reduced labor costs outweigh higher materials costs?
  • What are some critical things that listeners should be aware of regarding the installation of ADSS?
  • What applications do you see for ADSS in the next few years?
  • How has PLP supported the growth and adoption of ADSS, and how have you been able to maintain this kind of leadership position?
  • What are the first steps you recommend when tackling a new ADSS project?

With guests Brendan O’Boyle, Western Regional Sales Manager, Communications Markets, and
Jacob Palmer, Product Manager, Utility Fiber, Preformed Line Products

Brendan O'Boyle, PLP

Brendan O’Boyle has been in the communications industry for 15 years, starting as a manufacturer’s representative in the Great Lakes region and transitioning to Preformed Line Products (PLP®) in 2013. Brendan is currently the Western regional sales manager at PLP as well as the national account manager for AT&T. He is also the committee chair for the Fiber Deployment Specialist Committee within the Fiber Broadband Association, where he focuses on workforce training and development initiatives and was project lead for the FBA’s 5G whitepaper, “The Road to 5G is Paved with Fiber.” Brendan has a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media Studies from Northern Illinois University and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jacob Palmer, PLP

Jacob Palmer began his career in the utility industry as a structural and stress engineer for Babcock & Wilcox, where he focused on power generation. He joined PLP in 2016 as a product support engineer within the company’s utility distribution group. In 2018, Jacob was hand-selected to join PLP’s Innovation Team, the company’s sought-after internal product development group. During his multi-year stint in the Innovation Team, Jacob helped expand PLP’s drone-based service offering, designed new products for PLP’s electric power and communications markets, and implemented cutting-edge rapid prototyping technologies. In 2021, Jacob was promoted to Product Manager – Utility Fiber, where he oversees new product development initiatives and manages existing product lines. Jacob has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University.


Preformed Line Products (PLP®) is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and supplier of high-quality cable anchoring and control hardware systems, fiber optic and copper splice closures, and high-speed cross-connect devices. PLP offers innovative product solutions, such as the COYOTE® family of fiber optic splice closures, organizers, and trays, the ARMADILLO® line of copper splice closures and accessories, and the FIBERLIGN® family of pole line hardware.

The reliability of PLP’s complete line of fiber optic, copper, demarcation, bonding, and cabling solutions combined with the company’s knowledgeable sales, customer service, and technical support teams truly make PLP the connection you can count on.


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