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In this letter, we analyze the effects of electrical parasitics and drive impedance on the laser modulation response. It is found that for lasers with small active-region volume, e.g., vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, the finite drive impedance and/or the laser parasitic capacitance can significantly enhance the damping of the laser resonance peak at low bias. This is due to the voltage fluctuations across the laser diode active layer during modulation. It is also shown that the real pole of the small-signal response transfer function corresponding to the laser parasitic cutoff frequency is not fixed but decreases with the increased bias level.