Before joining the military and traveling the world, Paul Osterman never quite realized how much he’d miss the great Northwoods of Wisconsin until he left. 

Co-Founder of Northwoods Connect, Paul Osterman (Photo by )

Co-Founder of Northwoods Connect, Paul Osterman (Photo by

Born and raised in Rhinelander, WI, Paul is equal parts avid outdoorsman and proud computer geek. In fact, the first computer he ever built from scratch was situated directly below a mounted 10lb walleye he caught on his grandmother’s lake.

It wasn’t long after 9/11 that Paul knew what he needed to do. And in 2003, the dream to serve his country became a reality. Fast-forward through three tours in war-torn Afghanistan, numerous decorations and promotions as a Marine, and a job advising the Navy on mobile reconnaissance technology, and you’ll find Paul and his wife Brandi (a Three Lakes native) deciding to make the big move back home to the Northwoods.

In addition to running the day-to-day aspects of the business, Paul has also recently received a Masters degree in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland. When he’s not installing new customers or answering your phone calls, he can find a bit of time to hit the lake in search of the next big catch.

Paul’s important work within the military’s special operations community has led to vast changes for the United States’ signals intelligence directive and SOCOMs overall research and development program. He is a resident expert in the field of wireless technology, including 3G, 4G, WiFi, WiMAX, Radio, and Satellite. Paul has held titles such as the Naval Air Commands Sigint Subject Matter Expert and MARSOCs MDIOC lead instructor.  

AuthorMatt Osterman