The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00695

Submission Number:
00695
Commenter:
Christopher Martin
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Local economies benefit from internet community sharing because the costs of conducing business are greatly reduced thus increasing competition, transparency, affordability, variety and visibility of services. If I travel in the United States and I want to learn about the locality or meet a host willing to share their home, I do not want the government or a hotel chain to dictate how I exercise my freedoms to do so. If I choose to use another persons car and I am a licensed driver, the car meets my criteria for transportation and there is appropriate insurance coverage, again, I do not want car manufacturers or authorities to restrict my freedoms of choice as a consumer. I have rented my second home well over 200 times in the past three years and have experienced economic prosperity and have forged many personal relationships along the way. I choose not to stay in commercial hotels (although I still do occasionally) for personal travel. AirBnB and software platform companies and communities like them should be given room and flexibility to help revolutionize the way we live and work in the United States. Do not let incumbent businesses fool you into thinking that there is a danger to my livelihood because I chose to conduct a transaction with another American citizen vs. an existing corporate entity. I support government representatives that understand the sharing economy needs space to help America re-invent ourselves and thrive. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Most Sincerely, Christopher S. Martin