Our Team

Michael J. Santorelli
Director, ACLP at New York Law School

As Director of the ACLP, Michael oversees the program’s examination of the legal, regulatory, and public policy issues impacting the deployment and adoption of broadband and other advanced communications technologies at the local, state, and federal levels. He is regularly sought out by policymakers for objective input on broadband planning issues and has served on the New York State Broadband Task Force, the FCC’s Overcoming State and Local Barriers to Broadband Deployment Working Group, and the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. Immediately prior to joining the ACLP, Michael was the lead staff member for the New York City Council’s Committee on Technology. He received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Tufts University, and his law degree, with honors, from New York Law School.

Alex Karras
Senior Fellow, ACLP at New York Law School

An economist by training, Alex is the ACLP’s data analytics expert, helping to ensure that the program’s analyses are grounded in data, intuitive, and relevant to policy discussions. He is responsible for examining the financial and economic contours of policies impacting broadband deployment and adoption. Alex has a strong background in the practical application of microeconomic theory, statistical interpretation and inference, and GIS. Alex also oversees the BroadbandExpanded website and has significant experience with the tools and platforms that aid data-driven analysis. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and his graduate degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University.

The Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School is an interdisciplinary law and public policy program focused on identifying and examining the key legal, regulatory, and public policy issues impacting – and impacted by – more robust broadband connectivity across the United States. The ACLP pursues and promotes a holistic approach to the study of broadband. Its focus includes the examination of: supply-side issues like infrastructure availability; demand-side issues like the myriad barriers hindering greater, more meaningful, and more equitable adoption and utilization of broadband across key demographics and sectors; state, local, and federal funding of broadband initiatives; and the intersectionality of broadband and other key public policy goals and objectives. The ACLP’s research and writing is grounded in data relating to broadband connectivity and focuses on the development of practical, solution-oriented recommendations for policymakers at all levels of government and other stakeholders across the broadband ecosystem.

New York Law School (NYLS) has always been an institution shaped by the values of New York City: diversity, opportunity, professionalism, integrity, empathy, service to others, leadership, innovation, and—of course—the drive and ambition to be the very best. NYLS was founded in 1891 by faculty, students, and alumni who broke away from Columbia Law School. The School soon became known for its innovative educational methods, launching one of the nation’s first J.D. evening programs in 1894. The law school’s mission is to:

  • Provide an extraordinary and innovative educational experience that embodies the fundamental values of the legal system and creates a bridge from scholarship and service to leadership and practice;
  • Offer a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking center of legal studies where students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional values to serve their clients and have successful careers advancing justice, building the economy, and serving the various needs of modern society; and,
  • Serve as an incubator of ideas and actions to be emulated throughout New York City, the nation, and the world.


New York Law School receives support from a wide array of sources, including, among others, foundations, individuals, alumni, government, private companies, and law firms. Some of these entities operate in the advanced communications, tech, and energy spaces. The ACLP recognizes that supporters of the law school may have distinct points of view on legal, social, regulatory, and other issues. In some cases, those views may align with the ACLP’s general approach to issues. In other cases, they may not align.

The ACLP maintains a firm stance on its academic independence, the parameters of which are detailed here.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: ACLP@nyls.edu