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Comments of TechFreedom and the International Center for Law & Economics, In the Matter of the “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators, A Federal Trade Commission Workshop, FTC

Comments of TechFreedom and International Center for Law & Economics, THE "SHARING" ECONOMY ISSUES FACING PLATFORMS, PARTICIPANTS & REGULATORS, 2016 WL 6921622 (2015).

Summary

“We commend the Federal Trade Commission for holding this workshop, and for its recent advocacy of ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar with transportation regulators in the District of Columbia, Chicago, Colorado and Alaska. Such efforts represent the FTC at its best, advocating on behalf of consumers against laws that protect monopolies and the politically powerful by choking new entrants into traditionally stagnant markets. If anything, we believe that the FTC should do far more “advocacy” work — and that the “sharing economy” is, indeed, the lowest fruit to pick – the best cluster of issues around which to build a revived, and sustainable long-term advocacy program.”

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