The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00228

Submission Number:
00228
Commenter:
Matthew Straub
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am a host that uses the home-sharing website Airbnb to open my home to travelers in exchange for modest fees. These guests contribute to the local economy, and many of them choose Airbnb over hotels because they couldn't afford a standard hotel. Airbnb helps connect individuals, builds empathy between strange Americans and international guests, and in my case, helps me pay rent and save some extra money.