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Granular Pb thin films on the insulating side of the two-dimensional superconductor-insulator transition are observed to exhibit a large negative magnetoresistance and electroresistance change in resistance with electric field at low temperatures. At high measurement voltages and low temperatures, the film resistances become temperature independent creating a "metallic" state. These phenomena are explained as manifestations of transport due to intergranular quasiparticle tunneling. This explanation might also provide insights into the similar behavior observed in other superconductors.

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