The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00521

Submission Number:
00521
Commenter:
Laurie Davis
State:
Maine
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
The income we are getting as airbnb hosts has been essential. Four years ago my position as a senior executive in a Maine healthcare system was eliminated. Since then I have been building a consulting practice. The opportunities do to my work in Maine are quite limited because they require mature, mid-to large size organizations, very few of which exist in Maine. We need what little income we get when we host guests in our home. Opening up our home to airbnb guests reflects what happened during the depression of the 1930's when homeowners took in "boarders" to supplement their meager earnings. That practice was not questioned then; it does not make sense to question it now when some of the economic circumstances are so similar. airbnb takes great care to protect the identity of us and of our guests. As hosts, we never learn the personal email addresses of our guests; all communications and financial transactions occur through the airbnb website. We appreciate the high standards, particularly of security and customer service, with which airbnb operates. Please support airbnb's continuing growth and expansion. p.s. 95% of Maine's economy comes from small businesses. Our small airbnb operation contributes to this economy by having our guests access local restaurants, shopping, and the beautiful Portland area attractions. Maine needs this income, too