The Future of Public Access TV




  • In July 2013, DT released a Request For Proposals for a Public Access Service Provider.

  • September 1, 2009: Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) begins operating the San Francisco Public Access Channels, to be known as "SF Commons"

  • August 20, 2009: BAVC and the City Department of Technology (DT) sign a grant agreement for BAVC to operate the public access channels in San Francisco. Click here to view the Bay Area Video Coalition Contract (PDF)


  • July 2, 2009: DT issued a Notice of Intent (PDF) to Award a Grant Agreement for Public Access Cable Channel Operator (RFP 04-2009) with BAVC.

Proposals received:

Attachments to proposals and evaluation materials may be viewed at the Department of Technology, One South Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-0948, or by calling (415) 581-3976. To view Protests and Written Comments, Click Here.


Other Links:

Chronology of Past Events:

  • The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Access Cable Channel Operator Re-Bid (04-2009) HAS CLOSED. The Department of Technology has accepted five proposals in response to the RFP. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel and the successful bidder will be announced on this site when the contract is awarded.
  • The City re-issued a RFP for Public Access Channel Operator on May 6, 2009. Proposals were due by 12:01 PM on Wednesday June 10, 2009. The RFP can be viewed Here. The following Schedule of Events was in effect for this this RFP:

Schedule of Event

May 6, 2009

Publication/release of RFP #04-2009.

May 12, 2009

1:30 PM

Pre-Proposal Conference at One South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.


May 14, 2009

4:00 PM

Deadline for submission of written questions or requests for clarification


June 10, 2009

12:01 PM (Extended from May 27, 2009)


ECEIPT OF ONE (1) ORIGINAL AND FIVE (5) COPIES OF A SIGNED AND COMPLETED RESPONSE PACKAGE at the Department of Technology, Contracts & Procurement, One South Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-0948.

Note: Please be aware that any information submitted, even personal identifying information is a public record and may be disclosed to the public. DTIS will post all written responses on the Respon