The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To Whom It May Concern: I am writing to show my strong, fervent support for Airbnb. Before becoming part of this new sharing economy, I had felt limited in my capacity to live a fuller life. I always felt like I had to put off my dreams of traveling until later in life or that I would have to rely on other much lesser safe avenues, such as craigslist, in order to figure out a way of supplementing my income in the slow seasons of bar tending. Since joining Airbnb, though, I have been able to contribute affordable, safe, and highly rated accommodations for those who were never able to travel before, as well as benefit from those who are doing the same. I have never had a bad experience with Airbnb, as it has its own protections in place, which most if not all of the community find to be sufficient. To attempt to regulate it as a hotel industry or to force more security measures upon it would render it incapable of being the competitive alternative it has become for the middle class American. I strongly urge those in Washington, most of whom are well disconnected with the middle and lower classes, to allow us to regulate ourselves, and not impose your will on us, thus effecting the free flow of our hard earned money.