TDS Telecom closes $261M buy of BendBroadband; 'Simpsons' marathon a smash ratings hit for FXX

More cable industry news from across the Web:

> TDS Telecom says it has closed its $261 million purchase of Oregon's BendBroadband. Story

> Netflix has secured the SVOD rights of Warner Bros. TV's new Batman prequel series Gotham before the show has even premiered on Fox's fall schedule. The streaming service also greenlit a third and final season of the original series Hemlock Grove. Story

> Cox Communications will make Roanoke, Va. the next market to receive free upgrades that double downstream speeds for the company's two most popular broadband tiers. Story

> AT&T has announced plans to bring its "GigaPower" network to parts of St. Louis. Story

> Post-merger-rebuttal aftershocks continue to reverberate through Time Warner Inc., with studio Warner Bros. offering buyouts to an unspecified number of employees across all divisions. Story

> RCN's business service division has announced plans to bring communications services to New York's Empire State Building. Press Release

> And finally... FXX's 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons produced ratings results about three times higher than the fledgling cable channel's operators expected, with the network finishing as the No. 1 cable outlet among 18-49-year-old viewers. Story