The City of Shakopee operates government access television available to cable subscribers within the city as part of the “basic” cable package. The purpose of the Government Access channel is to increase residents’ access to local government meetings and information. The City of Shakopee receives a franchise fee from Comcast Cable that is placed into the City general fund. A budget is then established from the City general fund to provide support for the operation of the Government Access channels. Capitol equipment purchases are made from the Public, Education and Government (PEG) fees paid by cable subscribers in the community.
Regular meetings of the Shakopee City Council, Scott County Board, Shakopee School Board and Shakopee Public Utilities Commission, as well as numerous City advisory boards and commissions are aired live and by tape playback on cable channel 16 and online. City staff will also produce and air public service announcements and other programs that feature in-depth information, news and events happening in Shakopee.
In between programs, the government access bulletin board provides important city news regarding employment opportunities, openings on city boards and commissions, transit schedules, etc.
City meetings also may be viewed on demand via the City's website.
The City of Shakopee has discontinued airing programs on its Public Access Channel, Cable Channel 15. The last day of airtime was Dec. 27, 2013. In August 2012, the Shakopee City Council decided to discontinue the public access cable channel as a cost-savings measure. So few local programs were being submitted that the cost of operating the channel could no longer be justified. The City will save approximately $5,000 by eliminating the channel.