There are three Debian bug reports about the removal of cs46xx firmware:
bug 455092 in linux-2.6
bug 464197 in linux-image-2.6.24-1-686
bug 468151 in linux-source-2.6.24
So far, bug 464197 has got the greatest number of messages.
I think it would be good to concentrate future discussions there.
I'll leave it for the kernel team to decide whether and how to
merge the bug reports.