The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01234

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Steven Unger
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
***** E-mail from airbnb to its hosts ***** Below is an e-mail that I received from airbnb as a member of the airbnb host community. It is typical of how airbnb lobbies and coaches hosts to give public testimony. As a result, you will probably hear from many, many airbnb host-resident "Private Room" rental hosts with a single airbnb listing (the "good" airbnb). The problem is that you are not likely to hear from airbnb host-absent "Entire Place" hosts, especially those with multiple listings (the "bad" airbnb). It is the airbnb host-absent "Entire Place" rentals that create the airbnb horror stories, irritate neighbors and deplete the local housing stock (by converting month-to-month) rentals to short-term rentals. ****************************************************************** Steven, Last week we let you know about the Federal Trade Commission workshop on the sharing economy happening in June. The deadline to submit comments is tomorrow, so make sure to join Airbnb hosts and share your story about home sharing now. -------------------- Hi Steven, Decisionmakers in Washington D.C. want to know more about Airbnb and the sharing economy. And they want to hear from you. In early June, the Federal Trade Commission is hosting a workshop to discuss the sharing economy. In preparation, The FTC is collecting comments to help better understand how the sharing economy affects everyday Americans throughout the country. As a host, you're in the best position to help Washington understand the real benefits of Airbnb, and your feedback will help guide policymakers. The deadline to submit your comments is this coming Tuesday, May 26th - so make sure to send in your story right now. Submit Your Story In the past, hosts have successfully educated policymakers on what Airbnb means to them and their community by sharing their story. Examples include: - Letting them know if sharing a space on Airbnb helped pay the mortgage, rent, medical bills, or just make ends meet. - Explaining Airbnb's trust and safety and messaging tools that help hosts get to know the people they choose to share their space with. - 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. There's nothing more powerful than your personal story. When you share your experiences with the decisionmakers, you'll be helping protect and strengthen the sharing economy for everyone. Thank you, The Airbnb Team