The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01735

Submission Number:
01735
Commenter:
David Carlson
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear FTC, Last year I started hosting with AirBnB when our family of 5 moved overseas long-term. Using our home as a vacation rental brings us a lot of joy while maximizing our use of personal assets and letting us use the home when we need it (about 1 out of every 18 months). But the main reason we did this was for our kids, that they would be able to maintain a sense of 'home' in the US while living abroad. I am a two-time small business entrepreneur and find that the sharing economy gives me a lot more access to getting my business off the ground than if 'sharing economy' resources were not available. We have also significantly benefited from the 'sharing economy' by using services such as AirBnB when we travel: staying in homes with at least 2 bedrooms is much more conducive to the ways we live as a family versus staying at a hotel. It gives us so much more choice, opportunity, and value. I hope the FTC can do what it can to enable the sharing economy to flourish. David Carlson