The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00422

Submission Number:
00422
Commenter:
Laura Freebairn-Smith
State:
Connecticut
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am writing in support of Airbnb and the type of service it offers. We have been a "host" family for over a year now and it has been a fantastic experience on many fronts. Not only has the income allowed us to stay in the house we live in by covering a good share of the household taxes and mortgage, but it has also allowed us to meet extraordinary people. We have never had a single issue with an Airbnb guest and more importantly, many have become family friends. We've also traveled overseas as Airbnb guests which was a delightful experience. These types of services - Uber, Airbnb, and others - that allow unused economic capacity to be turned into real income for citizens -- are fantastic. They avoid or reduce the middleman charges, increase mobility of the citizenry - allowing poeple with lower incomes to travel, increase income - sometimes keeping people who are unemployed from going on public support or losing their homes, increase civility and interpersonal connections, and force innovation in the larger, more traditional suppliers of similar services. This is controlled capitalism and technology working together at their best. Sincerely, Laura Freebairn-Smith