is any communicating being done with lasers? is it done thru the military, cia, experimental or otherwise? has the capacity of lasers to carry data been measured? if so, how does the capacity compare with microwave-relay networks? i bet the capacity of lasers to carry voice & data far surpasses micro-wave networks.. so, would there be a movement towards adding lasers to commercial communication systems? i havent heard that lasers are used for commercial purposes.. if not, how far in the distant future would laser communications be? would they be more expensive than microwave-relay systems? why? are there downsides to using lasers for communications? would lasers and microwave-relay systems continue to exist together in the marketplace, or would one outpace the other in development, cost, ease of control, etc.? i had thought the applications of lasers would have been expanded further by this time than what has been reported in the media, but maybe we havent heard the whole story, yes or no?