• Manage 24/7 operation of cable Channel 99 and Channel 22 for Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet, and Truro, and for the Nauset Regional School District and Truro Central School District.
• Deliver selected local content in multiple formats: on local cable TV, through Vimeo and via smart TVs, through the Lower Cape TV mobile app on iOS and Android, and at http://www.lowercapetv.org.
• Produce Lower Cape News and run the Lower Cape TV NewsDesk, which delivers local and regional news, features, and public affairs, as well bringing a local lens to state and national level topics.
• Run a full video production studio and fleet of video production equipment for public use.
• Coach, teach, and support people as they create and share a local voice.
• Manage the Mission-based Production Corps, which helps the region’s large and economically critical nonprofit community share their news and stories.
• Run LCCAT LIVE, which cablecasts selected Brewster Whitecaps and Orleans Firebirds baseball, as well as delivering live coverage of other key community events.
While we currently receive funds from the 1984 Cable Act PEG requirements, that provides just the baseline for keeping the doors open. Your help through donations, underwriting, and sponsorships makes Lower Cape a stronger community resource. We welcome individual, business, and foundation support.
Lower Cape Community Access TV (LCCAT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that runs TV stations Channel 99 and Channel 22 for the Lower Cape communities of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet and Truro, as well as for the Nauset Regional and Truro Central school districts. It serves as a nonprofit hub for connection, creativity, and community voice.
Lower Cape TV serves our communities by providing local news, information, and local voices as well as access to video equipment and training in how to create video storytelling.
The Lower Cape stations are part of the Public, Education, and Government (PEG) structure.
Here in Massachusetts we have a strong local access tradition. That means your local community negotiated with Comcast and other providers. The companies pay a portion of revenues they generate from your town to support Government, Education and Public content creation and also set aside channels for distributing this local content. In exchange, the companies use taxpayer-owned rights of way and other assets to run their respective businesses.
If you think about, the trade makes sense – it acknowledges the value in the our publicly held assets while at the same time helping companies deliver their product to our communities. But the biggest benefit of all is that we have local channels reflecting our local communities!
Your local Public station (channel 99 in each Lower Cape town) creates a place where the regional, local, and hyper-local thrives. If anyone in the community dreams it, they can create it here! The public station lets everyone access state of the art video equipment and instruction on how to use it – there’s no barriers in public access. Plus, they deliver hyper local content you can’t find anywhere else.
Your local Education station (channel 22 in each Lower Cape town) shines light on what happens in our schools. From school committees to school sports to “In the Classrooms” it lets everyone see what schools are doing. It brings production tools to our students, too - inspiring and teaching our next generation how to both create and be wise consumers of information.
Your local Government station (Channel 18 in each Lower Cape town) brings critical transparency to local government activities. You can watch your selectboard, town committees and – of course your annual meeting. Transparency in government brings more involvement and better management for us all! Contact your local town hall for more information about your Channel 18.
On top that, through local PEG stations people have learned skills that helped their careers, helped their businesses, or helped them engage in the community. PEG stations employ people and create an economic footprint. They form a vital part of the local heartbeat. They intertwine with the local ecosystem. They help make local communities thrive.
Lower Cape Community Access TV is a non-profit community based organization that manages channels 99 and 22 for the towns of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro, and Wellfleet.
A 501(c)(3) organization is a corporation, trust, unincorporated association, or other type of organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. It is the most common type of the 29 types of 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States. Many charitable non-profits in the United States that Americans commonly know of, and often make donations to, are 501(c)(3) organizations,[according to whom?] ranging from charitable foundations to universities and churches. These organizations must be approved by the Internal Revenue Service to be tax-exempt under the terms of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.