Increasing demands for handling large amounts of information necessitates a new and expanding array of services within the private and government sectors. Terrestrial communications needs will be met by high bandwidth fiber optic communications. The bridging of mobile and geographically diverse or separated land networks can most economically be met by satellites. Increasing the capability of communication satellites while at the same time meeting the demands for smaller and less expensive launches presents new challenges. Laser communications offers new options for future satellite communication system suppliers. This paper presents an overview of the developing National Information Infrastructure and the Global Information Infrastructure, the present and projected trends in communications, and examines the impact of laser communications as an enabling technology for future satellite systems.