Tower climbers enjoy impressive Northwoods views while helping connect Internet customers.



TOWN OF NEWBOLD - Brandon Werla's office comes with one heck of a view. Since 2008, he's reached his ever-changing work space going hand over hand, carefully climbing anywhere from 100 to 1,400 feet up.

"I probably [have] thousands of pictures from up top," Werla said.  "[You need] a respect for [the towers.]  That's the best thing to have for them."

Werla and his brother, Kyle, run the Reedsburg-based Olympus Towers, building towers across the Midwest. On Wednesday, the Werlas hung broadband internet antennas and a radio repeater near Two Sisters Lake in Oneida County.

"Just second nature now," Werla said of climbing the tall towers. "First time, you sit there and you might look down and go, 'What did I get myself into? Some people just can't talk themselves into going the rest of the way and then some do."

Working 180 feet up in the air certainly comes with its challenges, but Werla told Newswatch 12 you really can't think about it. Instead, he just climbs each tower, does his job, and enjoys the view.

It's a view Paul Osterman prefers others get to enjoy.

"I had the opportunity to go on one tower myself and I don't think I want to ever do it again," Osterman said.

Osterman runs the internet service Northwoods Connect. He's helped build or maintain nine wireless internet towers across the area, with another five planned through a matching grant with area municipalities and the state.  Osterman and the Werlas also put up a radio repeater for the Newbold Fire Department, which will help emergency crews better communicate without taking up county radio frequencies.

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AuthorMatt Osterman