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NECAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that operates MCAtv, iQtv, and ANtv on Comcast cable in Davidson County, TN and AT&T U-verse in Middle TN. We are a recognized charity organization by Federal and State agencies.

Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television is the not-for-profit organization that operates Music City Arts, iQtv, and Access Nashville on Comcast cable in Davidson County and AT&T U-verse channel 99 in 19 middle Tennessee counties.

Mission Statement

Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission that is two-fold:

  1. Expose middle TN viewers to arts and education programming created both locally and around the world.
  2. Teach individuals and organizations who wish to make TV shows how to do so, let them use our equipment and resources, then broadcast those shows for them.


NECAT was formed in 2010 after Metro government and the Metro Council combined Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation (MEAC) and Community Access Corporation (CAC). A consolidated Board of Directors was appointed to provide guidance and oversight for the network. We manage 3 public television channels that have served the community since the 1970s.

NECAT is a PEG station. PEG stands for Public Education Government, representing the 3 categories of programming provided by a PEG station. These stations exist when a cable provider moves into a city. They pay the local government franchise fee. They are also required by law to provide free air waves for the broadcast of community arts and education. It is up to the local government to decide if they will establish a PEG station in their community. In our case, Metro Nashville Government has provided this service to the community.

In 2022, NECAT became part of Nashville Public Library.

NECAT is partially funded by Comcast (through its franchise agreement with Metro Government). NECAT operations are supplemented by underwriters and sponsors, fees from producers, and contributions from our viewers. Your support allows us to make public access in Nashville great!

Supported By

NECAT is supported by Nashville Public Library.