The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01060

Submission Number:
01060
Commenter:
Noble
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Good Day, My first experience w/Airbnb was a trip to Northern Italy. Unable to afford hotels Airbnb made my travels possible. I visited small rural towns and thoroughly enjoyed everyone I met. When I returned home I opened my spare bedroom to guests of Airbnb. Their vetting process for both hosts and guests is very reassuring, one is always free to accept or decline any request that is made after reviewing the guests profile. I live in a small rural town whose businesses have been enjoyed and supported by the guests that have visited. From the bakery and restaurant to the hardware-automotive and pharmacy, the guests have helped support our local economy. We (Airbnb hosts) are the best ambassadors for the world to meet. Foreigners who come to the United States get to meet real people. Not politicians, not military, not corporations. The negative images of Americans that have formed in their minds have been replaced with those of compassionate, interesting, and peaceful people just like themselves. The corporate hotel system that is against the "shared economy" is not actually being hurt by people who choose to stay in someones private home. It's a completely different crowd of travelers. Those who enjoy room service and staying in expensive cities are not going to rent a bdroom or couch in someones home in the country. As a single, self employed, nearing retirement, citizen with very little S.S. benefit and no retirement plan in place, I need someway to make legitimate taxable income so that I won't loose the home I have worked so hard for. It would sicken me to become a welfare recipient and a burden to our system. "Shared economy" is a win-win solution to several problematic situations. Legislation should be in place to support and encourage the "shared economy", so that more people can experience how wonderful and diverse our world truly is. Thank you,