The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00546

Submission Number:
00546
Commenter:
Thomas White
State:
Hawaii
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
The newly developing peer-to-peer or "sharing" community in particular as it pertains to AirBnb should allowed to grow and find it's natural place in our economy. I've been a host with AirBnb for 3 years now and have contributed to the local economy by hosting guests in my house who have contributed to the bottom line of many local businesses including my own. In addition, the tax revenue generated by the sharing community only adds to strengthen State and local coffers for the benefit of all. Having a mechanism like AirBnb and even Uber opens the marketplace to competition is great for the consumer. Companies like these are pioneers in this fledgling area of commerce and have proven to be a valuable asset to individuals like myself. They have addressed my of the concerns this type of community faces and have put measures in place to assuage the concerns of critics. Having the ability to earn extra money has provided me and my family with the ability to spend more time together and make ends meet more easily. Please take my words into account when discussing the agenda the commission has put forward. To loose or even lessen the impact that this new economy has would have a severe impact on many, bother earners and users of the system. Thank you Thomas White