The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01147

Submission Number:
01147
Commenter:
Anthony Grasso
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am very concerned that the members may not be sensitive to those of us who need this source of revenue so we too can pay our bills and sustain a life style that I am sure many of you as well as members of congress enjoy. There needs to be a real awareness by your committee to the struggling Middle Class, which is the backbone of the American economy. I use Airbnb among others to help me pay my mortgage and medical bills and stimulate the economy of where my home is located. So this is something you want to encourage not stifle. Airbnb's trust and safety and messaging tools that help hosts get to know the people they choose to share their space with.ANd so far it has been very successful. Making sure they know why Airbnb is an important option for middle class families in America to earn extra money. Reminding them that the guests who stay in Airbnb listings generate sustainable, local economic activity that supports the small businesses in communities across the country. This company has helped me afford something I did not think possible because of the housing cost. It has taken 11 years and this season 12 years for us to be able to finally live in our home as a shared arrangement. Please chose to let Airbnb to continue this in the manner in which they have been doing and you'll be helping protect and strengthen the sharing economy for everyone. Thank you, Soncerely, Anthony Grasso